Victor Hill, while incarcerated at the Gwinnett County jail Jan. 19, 2012
ATLANTA -- By electing Victor Hill sheriff, Clayton County voters may have a sheriff lacking a badge and a gun, says a spokesman for the Peace Officers Standards and Training Council. POST certifies law enforcement officers in Georgia.
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Hill, the former sheriff of Clayton County, was re-elected Tuesday despite a 37 count felony indictment alleging misconduct in office. Following the indictment, Hill's POST certification was under "emergency suspension," according to POST spokesman Ryan Powell.
The suspension would not prevent Hill from being sworn in as Clayton County Sheriff in January. However, he would lack arrest powers until his certification is reinstated. Powell says reinstatement isn't likely until Hill's legal case is settled.
Powell says newly elected sheriffs have six months to get POST certification after taking office. If that doesn't happen, Powell says POST would notify the Governor's Office that the sheriff isn't qualified. The governor could remove the sheriff.
Hill has said he expects to be cleared of the charges and expects POST re-certification.